CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - It was another night of sharing, talking and working towards healing as community members came together at UNC Charlotte to talk about the recent shooting deaths of young black men in both Minnesota and Baton Rouge at the hands of police.
"It's really about taking the conversations and marches one step further and working to get everyone together on the same page to build a better future."
Young black men in Charlotte told their stories and personal experiences.
“When I was 6-years-old my mother started telling me every day before I went to school, that I had to watch out by the way that I acted because there were already three strikes against me for being a black man in America. At 19-years-old, I’m tired of hearing the same speech."
The Young Black Men Leadership Alliance is working to create the leaders of tomorrow.
"One of the things you look when you see the marching and all of the other stuff, it feels like it's fragmented. But as you build more and more leaders in the community and those leaders build other leaders then you are starting to raise a different population. A lot of times we talk about young black men but we don't talk to young black men. So let's talk to them, let's get their perspective. Let's figure out what their solutions are, because they are the ones most affected so the person most affected, generally has the best solutions"
The Young Black Men Leadership Alliance is hoping this forum is an eye opener to many and these new conversations become the new normal.